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New online court may improve chances of tenancy arrears recovery

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan On 6 April 2018 HMCTS publicly announced the launch of a new online service to allow members of the public and businesses to issue money claims, resolve disputes and access mediation via a new online claims service. Known as Civil Money Claims, and available for money claims with a […]

Dress codes in the workplace: new government guidance

By Stuart McBride New guidance entitled “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know” was published by the Government Equalities Office last week.  It follows the 2016 online petition started by a woman who was sent home from work when she refused to wear high heels. The petition led to a Parliamentary Enquiry […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: New regime for conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital

Law No. 7/2018 was published on 2 March and created a legal regime for the conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital in commercial companies, or companies adopting a commercial form, incorporated under the Laws of Portugal. The new law entered into force on the day after its publication and clearly aims to provide an extrajudicial […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

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Namibian Law Soc in equality campaign

The Law Society of Namibia has announced a proposal to give equal representation to black and white lawyers on the Law Society Council For the last few years the society has come under attack from the Namibia Law Association (NLA), a pressure group for black lawyers in Namibia. The NLA claims that the society does […]

Lovells’ ‘Mexican Wave’ concept tempts PruPIM to radical steps

PruPIM picks Lovells after review; Berwin Leighton Paisner elbowed out; market sceptical of provincial outsourcing style All eyes are on the Pru’s new approach to real estate lawyering after the UK’s largest institutional property investor finally reached a decision on how to carve up its legal spend, worth several millions of pounds a year.As revealed […]

Definitely maybe

Claims for loss of chance can often stick in the throat, so Angus Turner asks: why settle a less than certain claim? During the World Cup, Terry Venables noted astutely that if anyone knows how to build a wall, it is the Chinese. Likewise, it can be said that if anyone knows how to ensure […]

Hot flushes

While it is not normal practice to comment on the behaviour of fellow journalists at other publications operating in the legal arena, Tulkinghorn feels obliged to make an exception this week.A story appeared in The Telegraph last week that really caught his eye. The news comes from those lovely chaps at Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) […]

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